"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
(Mostly what other say will be in italics, what I say will not. There will be occasions when this is messed up or forgotten, but generally it will true- for those keeping track of the opining vs the reporting!)
I get the feeling we're missing a piece here. This was a 'long-planned' trip, so it can't have come as a surprise. So why wait until he actually hits the trip to quit if it's so offensive? Something is missing.